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Brad Mehldau received the Wigmore Medal on Friday, becoming the first jazz musician to do so. Wigmore Hall Director John Gilhooly, presenting the medal at Mehldau's concert at the London hall, said: "Brad Mehldau has forged a unique path which embodies the essence of jazz exploration." His Wigmore concert program last week earned five stars from the Financial Times ("remarkable"), and four stars in the Guardian ("a powerful and thought-provoking gig") and The Arts Desk ("a beguilingly beautiful set").Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News ReviewsArtist NewsMonday, December 21, 2015|0 comments
Israeli composer/musician Shye Ben Tzur was a guest on BBC World Service Weekend. He discusses working on the new album Junun with Jonny Greenwood and the Rajasthan Express. The album was recorded in a makeshift studio inside the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, India, and comprises Ben Tzur’s compositions, which feature devotional Sufi qawwal musicians who sing in Urdu as well as in his native Hebrew. Hear the BBC World Service piece here. Junun is on the Times of London's list of the Best Records of the Year and is up for the 2016 Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards Album of the Year.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News RadioArtist NewsFriday, December 18, 2015|0 commentsNonesuch Records Releases Acclaimed Bluegrass Guitarist Michael Daves's Two-Album Set, "Orchids and Violence," February 26
Nonesuch Records releases Michael Daves's two-album set, Orchids and Violence, on February 26, 2016. Orchids and Violence comprises two discs with identical track listings of mostly traditional bluegrass tunes, including songs by bluegrass pioneers Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley. The first disc features straightforward interpretations recorded in a 19th-century church with a band of roots-music innovators: bassist Mike Bub, violinist Brittany Haas, mandolinist Sarah Jarosz, and Punch Brothers banjoist Noam Pikelny. The second disc was recorded in Daves's home studio and includes bass, drums, and electric guitar, mostly played by Daves, and takes a raw, experimental rock approach to the same old-time material. Pre-orders include an instant download of both the bluegrass and electric versions of the song "The Dirt That You Throw."Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist NewsArtist NewsFriday, December 18, 2015|0 comments
Emmylou Harris, Punch Brothers, and Chris Thile will be among the performers at the 43rd annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, taking place June 16–19, 2016, the weekend before the summer solstice. The preliminary lineup for the much-loved southwestern Colorado event was announced earlier today, just before the winter solstice.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News On TourArtist NewsWednesday, December 16, 2015|0 comments
Lianne La Havas has unveiled a new remix of "Green & Gold," a track off her Grammy-nominated album, Blood. The song was remixed by Donnie Trumpet and Nate Fox, who, as The Social Experiment, joined Saturday Night Live musical guest Chance the Rapper on the show this past weekend. You can hear "Green & Gold (Donnie Trumpet & Nate Fox Remix)" here. La Havas, who closed out her 2015 tour in Brussels last night, will return to the US for a series of fully sold-out intimate solo club dates in February.